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Running back Jimmy Scott Jr. leaves St. Joe's for St. Francis

Jimmy Scott Jr. is now a St. Francis Red Raider.

The tall and strong sophomore running back officially transferred from St. Joe’s to one of the Marauders’ Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association rivals. The reason was simple, according to Scott’s father.

“The coaching change (at St. Joe’s) was the main reason,” the elder Scott said. “Coach [Derek] Landri was a major part in us choosing Joe’s initially.”

“Once he left it was a no-brainer," added the younger Scott, who first met Landri while in seventh grade.

Scott Jr., who is 6 feet, 3 inches, rushed for 546 yards on 90 carries (6.1 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns in helping St. Joe’s post a 6-4 record last year. He also rushed 108 times for 808 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman. He saw time at defensive end, too, last season, recording 4.5 sacks.

“It’s definitely a good experience," Scott Jr. said of his short time at St. Francis thus far. "Coach (Jerry) Smith has definitely brought me under his wing. Everybody else, the students, teachers and football team are treating me well.”

St. Joe’s and Landri parted ways in early January after four seasons. Landri posted a 22-21 record, guiding the Marauders to a 6-4 mark last fall.

At the time of the separation, Landri said: “We have a philosophical difference of a lot of things. In particular on how to build a football program.”

St. Joe’s named Michael Corona, a University at Buffalo graduate and Rochester native, as its new head coach Wednesday.

Scott Jr., an All-Western New York honorable mention selection, is the second football player to transfer since the end of the season. Wally Wisniewski transferred back to his home school district, North Tonawanda.

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